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Old 03-11-2013, 05:47 AM   #1
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I learned allot from the last thread I wrote.
Some of you said to consume extra calories when doing heavy weightlifting, and less when your not.
This is what I'm going to do from now on I think, but I'm still abit confused.
I did some research into this.

I wanted to know how carbohydrates benefit a weightlifter, and what trole they played.
I knew that they were energy sources, but I thought there was more to it.
This is all I could find on the internet.
That you need them to provide your body with energy.
However, I thought theres more to it than that.

Why is it that you need to be on a caloric surplus to build muscle in this case?

If I did what OffRoad and the others said, I only be eating above maintenance on certain days.
So would I still be in a surplus?
How important are carbs in the muscle building process?
surely they wouldn't be doing anything, and you'd be eating large amounts of carbs for nothing if you were on a rest day.
If their just for energy.
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Wow. Lots of questions. I could answer them if I had a couple hours to write, but I'd recomend you keep researching. Yes, there's a LOT more going on regarding how carbs effect your body and benefit someone looking to build muscle.

The way I learned about these things was reading articles. Tnation and EliteFTS are good places to start, other than MAB of course.
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If you do what I recommended, you'd be eating above maintenance most days.

Carbs are your energy source. They will get you through the heavy workouts and the energy sapping conditioning days. Without the tough workouts, you won't be building much of anything.

Get the Lean Gains book, it's only $10 and it will guide you better than I can.

But as an example, when I am on a bulk (not you, this is individual);

On rest days [doing nothing] I eat 1 cup (dry measure) oats, 2 pieces of fruit, and 2-3 cups of green veggies.

On moderate [conditioning days] days, I add more oats and a whole wheat bagel.

On high days [heavy workouts] I add even more oats, and a baked potato.

So those heavy squat and deadlift days will include; 2 cups (dry measure) oats, 2 pieces fruit, 2-3 cups veggies, a whole wheat bagel, and a baked potato. This is bulking after all

But like I told you in the other thread, you seem a bit OCD about this type of stuff, and eating just above maintenance every day might be a more effective method for now.

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If you do what I recommended, you'd be eating above maintenance most days.

Carbs are your energy source. They will get you through the heavy workouts and the energy sapping conditioning days. Without the tough workouts, you won't be building much of anything.

Get the Lean Gains book, it's only $10 and it will guide you better than I can.

But as an example, when I am on a bulk (not you, this is individual);

On rest days [doing nothing] I eat 1 cup (dry measure) oats, 2 pieces of fruit, and 2-3 cups of green veggies.

On moderate [conditioning days] days, I add more oats and a whole wheat bagel.

On high days [heavy workouts] I add even more oats, and a baked potato.

So those heavy squat and deadlift days will include; 2 cups (dry measure) oats, 2 pieces fruit, 2-3 cups veggies, a whole wheat bagel, and a baked potato. This is bulking after all

But like I told you in the other thread, you seem a bit OCD about this type of stuff, and eating just above maintenance every day might be a more effective method for now.

Yeah I guess so.
But If I eat above maintenance everyday, then won't I be eating carbs for nothing? How will that help me?
I probably will buy that book actually, it looks interesting.
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I learned allot from the last thread I wrote.
Some of you said to consume extra calories when doing heavy weightlifting, and less when your not.
This is what I'm going to do from now on I think, but I'm still abit confused.
I did some research into this.

I wanted to know how carbohydrates benefit a weightlifter, and what trole they played.
I knew that they were energy sources, but I thought there was more to it.
This is all I could find on the internet.
That you need them to provide your body with energy.
However, I thought theres more to it than that.

Why is it that you need to be on a caloric surplus to build muscle in this case?

If I did what OffRoad and the others said, I only be eating above maintenance on certain days.
So would I still be in a surplus?
How important are carbs in the muscle building process?
surely they wouldn't be doing anything, and you'd be eating large amounts of carbs for nothing if you were on a rest day.
If their just for energy.
no offense, but from reading this, you shouldnt be tackling your own nutrition yet. so I hope you arent. learning is fine, but i truly hope someone is doing your nutrition for your goals.
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I'm not into that whole count your carbs and protein stuff. I just eat big, and if I notice I'm getting a little soft, I cut back my calories. Huge strength gains without counting over here!
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